'''Origen''' (; , ''Ōrigénēs''), or '''Origen Adamantius''' (, ''Ōrigénēs Adamántios''; 184/185 – 253/254),
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was a scholar, ascetic,
and Early Christianity|early Christian theology|theologian
who was born and spent the first half of his career in Early centers of Christianity#Alexandria|Alexandria
. He was a prolific writer in multiple branches of theology, including textual criticism
, exegesis|biblical exegesis
, philosophical theology
, and spirituality written in Greek. He was anathematised at the Second Council of Constantinople
. He was one of the most influential figures in early Christian asceticism.
Unlike many church fathers, he was never canonised as a saint because some of his teachings directly contradicted...